JMSW Student Reighley Baugh invited to present research at international conference

JMSW student Reighley Baugh


We are excited to announce that JMSW student Reighley Baugh has been invited to present her research at the 5th International Conference on Practice Research in Melbourne, Australia. The conference will take place May 25-27, 2020. Her research presentation is titled, "Minimizing The Risk:Targeting Effective Interventions to Reduce Human Trafficking Recidivism." This is not the first international conference to accept Reighley's research. In July 2019, Reighley and her mentor, Dr. Nila Ricks, presented a research paper at the 9th International Conference on Social Work and Mental Health held in York, United Kingdom. She also previously had an opinion editorial on Foster Care-to-Prison Pipeline published in the Texas Tribune. We are extremely excited for Reighley and proud of her accomplishments. 

Food for thought: It's time to define what 'good' means in our industry


When it comes to design work in the social sector, we often hear debates over terms, categories, and taxonomies: Should we call it social design? What about design for social innovation? Or how about the nebulous borders around terms like participatory design, collective impact, and co-design? It’s enough to make one’s head spin. But while these debates are raging on, we’re missing the answer to a much, much more important question. We’re missing a shared definition for what good looks like.

The question: What is a shared definition for “social good” in our profession? Read the full article>>

TWU/UNT participate in 2019 NASW-TX


Woman presenting at NASW TX Conference
UNT Professor Dr. Hadidja Nyiransekuye presenting on refugee mental health.

JMSW Faculty and students participated at the 2019 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Texas conference in Galveston, TX. Dr. Hadidja Nyiransekuya, Dr. Sarah Oliphant and Dr. Dhrubodhi Mukherjee presented a paper on “Refugee Mental Health.”  JMSW students Emily Sibley, Shaharzade Ebrahimi and Sierra Plentl also volunteered at the conference.

TWU and UNT students and faculty at NASW TX 2019.
TWU and UNT JMSW students and faculty at NASW TX 2019.

Dr. Felderhoff with current and past NASW/TX Leaderhsip
Dr. Felderhoff with current and past NASW/TX Leadership, left to right: Missy Rainey-Nivens, Kathy Campbell, second Vice President of Budget and Planning, Seth Mobilio, Pat Gleason-Wynn, Mike Gianotti, (behind Dr. Felderhoff:) Lynn Jackson, Jennifer Barton and Allison Peeler.

Faculty and students at dinner during NASW/TX
Back row: Seth Mobilio, Missy Rainey-Nivens, Mike Gianotti, Dave Wynn, Rick Hansen
Front Row: Brandi Felderhoff, Kirsten Reuter, Melissa Milliorn, Pat Gleason-Wynn, Vicki Hansen

Social Work Advocacy Day at the Texas State Capitol


Students and faculty outside of the Texas State Capitol building

JMSW students participated in Social Work Advocacy Day at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The National Association of Social Work, Texas Chapter hosted the day with social work professionals and students from around the state in attendance. The day’s agenda included an Advocacy Panel & Immigration Session, Rally with Transgender Education Network of Texas, and a REAL symposium on race. 

Our JMSW students also met one-on-one with legislators to advocate for or against current bills that they have been researching and following all semester in their Advanced Social Policy course. Topics they addressed included mental health in public schools, human trafficking, asylum protection, and eating disorder education in public schools.


Students at the Social Work Advocacy day in Austin, TX

Students at the Social Work Advocacy day in Austin, TX